School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

The shelf life of defence White Papers

Eugene Lang, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Policy Options  -  http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/june-2017/shelf-life-defence-whi...
June 23, 2017


The Trudeau government has just published their much anticipated defence White Paper. Titled Strong, Secure, Engaged, the document was the product of unprecedented public consultations, ranging from round tables chaired by the Minister of National Defence to an online portal for Canadians to make submissions, more than 20,000 of which were received by the government.

The paper is rooted in the context of the civil wars, insurgencies and crumbling states in the Middle East and Africa, a revanchist Russia, an emergent China testing the limits of international law, rogue states, principally North Korea, and the new international terrorism. It is also the first Canadian defence policy to explicitly recognize income inequality and climate change as major sources of global instability and conflict.

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